NAMPA, Idaho – Senior All-American Karolin Anders spearheaded Alaska Anchorage's efforts at the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Combined Events Championships with her third career heptathlon title on Tuesday. Additionally, the Seawolves received points from three others.
A local of Berlin, Germany, Anders used two first-place results and four top-three finishes for her third heptathlon league title. Anders led the competition since the second event and defeated runner-up Scout Cai (4,894) of Seattle Pacific by 138 points. She also won the heptathlon in 2014 and 2015.
A three-time All-American in the heptathlon, Anders won the long jump with a leap of 17-3.25, after winning the shot put on Monday. Anders also placed second in the javelin at 121-6.25, before placing seventh in the 800 meters (2.23.71) today.
The nationally-ranked No. 21 women's team received 15 points from the heptathlon, as sophomore Yvonne Jeschke and freshman Elena Cano finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Jeschke – competing in her first heptathlon – collected 4,520 points at the end of the two-day meet, just two points ahead of teammate Cano (4,518). Cano's point total is a career high, bypassing her earlier mark of 3,805 at the Hornet Invite.
Cano and Jeschke each furnished top-3 finishes. Cano won the 100-meter hurdles on Monday with a time of 15.08 and went 17-0.75 in the long jump for third, while Jeschke took runner-up in the 800 meters at 2:16.33.
In the decathlon the men's duo of senior Travis Turner and freshman David Sramek combined for 10 points in the team standings. Turner finished runner-up for eight points in the standings with 6,688 points, while Sramek took seventh place (2 points) with 5,777 points – despite a no mark in the shot put on Monday.
Turner, a local of Stockton, Calif., moved up from third to second following the 1,500 meters. Turner logged a time of 4:40.82 in the final event, catching Central Washington's Kodiak Landis (6,677) by 11 points. Northwest Nazarene's Payton Lewis, who moved into 1st after the discus, won the decathlon with 6,815 points.
A NCAA participant in the heptathlon during the indoor season, Turner won the 110-meter hurdles, giving himself a meet-high 862 points. Meanwhile, he placed runner-up in the javelin at 153-11.5, and third in the pole vault at 13-7.25.
Sramek's (Klatovy, Czech Republic) top performance came in the pole vault, where he finished second with a jump of 14-7.25 – good for 746 points. Along with Turner, Sramek has already qualified provisionally for the NCAAs in May.
The rest of the GNAC Outdoor Championships will be contested May 12-13, while the Seawolves are back in action this weekend at the Occidental Invite and the Ken Shannon Invite.